Friday, 9 June 2006

Harry Cohen

Harry Cohen, former New Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, voted for the decriminalisation of cannabis.

He also voted a Bill into Parliament which sought to remove all the restrictions on 'nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown'. In effect, he voted to further disadvantage the native born Briton by making a great many more good jobs available to the foreigner within this country, which were once the exclusive preserve of the indigenous population.

He also signed two EDMs criticising the decision to deport Nigerian immigrant, Sunday Ogunwobi, and his family.

Ogunwobi is still here 14 years after the first EDM was introduced on his behalf. He was, last time I looked, a Hackney Councillor helping other immigrants to get into Britain and, once here, to stay.

He also signed an EDM condemning the 'lack of care' of Christopher Clunis, a violent, black schizophrenic 'with a known history of violence and non-attendance of out-patient appointments, who stabbed and killed Jonathan Zito in an unprovoked attack'.

Cohen also signed an EDM commenting on the 'suspicious death' of Asian, Ricky Reel.

Despite the 'suspicious' description Cohen and others ascribed to Ricky death in this EDM, the police have never been able to conclude anything other than that Ricky, who was intoxicated at the time of his death, had fallen into the Thames whilst urinating.

Cohen also signed an EDM expressing sympathy for Quaddus Ali.

He signed three EDMs which mentioned Rolan Adams, one of which offered sympathy to his parents, Richard and Audrey, and signed two EDMs mentioning Rohit Duggal.

He signed three EDMs sympathising with illegal immigrant,Joy Gardner, and one commemorating asylum-seeker, Omasese Lumumba.

He also signed EDMs sympathisng with the deaths, in police custody, of Ibrahima Sey, Brian Douglas, Shiji Lapite and Wayne Douglas.

He also signed EDMs sympathising with Alton Manning, Muktar Ahmed and Leon Patterson.

He also signed an EDM in 2004, commemorating Christopher Alder, who was black, and calling for a public enquiry into his death in a Hull police station in 1992.

He also mentioned the deaths of Roger Sylvester, Damilola Taylor and Rocky Bennett several times in Parliament. They were all black.

He also signed an enormous amount of Early Day Motions specifically supportive of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. However, he did not sign an EDM critical of Abdullah Azad, however, who had offered to sell UK passports to those whose immigration status was in question.

He also signed another EDM condemning Feltham Young Offenders Institution as 'institutionally racist', and sympathising with the family of Zahid Mubarek.

Cohen also read out a list, in Parliament, of all the black people who had lost their lives in police custody since 1987, which, Cohen stated, the Institute of Race Relations and the campaigning organisation, Inquest, described as giving some cause for concern. These were:

Akhtar Moghul, Clinton McCurbin, Ahmed Katangole, Rai Jasbir Singh, Nenneh Jalloh, Mohammed Parkit, Anachu Anozie Osita, Tunay Hassan, Terence Brown, Anthony Mahon, Mark Ventour, Joseph Palombella, Samuel Carew, Femi Adelaja, Armando Belonia, Bahader Singh, Oakley Ramsey, Kelroy Briscoe, Joseph Watts, Sajjan Singh Atwal, Derek Stephen Buchanan, Martin Richmond, Wayne Tobison, David `Duke' Daley, Nicholas Bramble, Vincent Graham, Jamie Stewart, Edwin Carr, Mr. Romany, Siho Iyugiven, Germain Alexander, Kimpua Nsimba, Oliver Pryce, Aslam Khan, Edwin Robinson, Delroy McKnight, Vandana Patel, Ian Gordon, Arthur Allison, Leon Patterson, Sohan Sanghera, Joy Gardner, Kwanele Eldah Siziba, Mark Harris, Joseph Nnalue, Oluwashiji Shiji Lapite, Tyrone Wilson, David Ewin, John Ryan, Kwaku Andrew Ohene, Omasase Lumumba, Melita Crawford, Errol Commock, James Segawa, Ian Francis, Donna Awadat, Nadeem Younus, Warren Jones, Adejare Paul Akinbiyi, Turan Pekoz, Carl Owens, Oluwafeyisola Akinbobola, Norman Washington Manning, Anthony Lloyd Powell, Orville Blackwood, Mark Fletcher, Munir Usef Mojothi, Jerome Scott and Rupert Marshall.

He also mentioned Clinton McCurbin, Nicholas Ofusi, Winston Rose (twice) Joy Gardner (twice) and Shiji Lapite (8 times) in parliament.

He also mentioned the death of black youth, Stephen Lawrence, several times and many of the Early Day Motions commemorating him. He also mentioned Stephen's parents, Neville and Doreen, in two EDMs.

Cohen used the phrase 'institutionalised racism' several times in the House and voted for criminal behaviour to be punished with more severity if that behaviour be 'racially' or 'religiously' aggravated.

However, Cohen never mentioned the murder of his constituent Sandra Poole in the Commons, he never signed an EDM commemorating her and he never called for the black man who raped and murdered her to be to be 'punished with more severity' because of the racist nature of the crime committed.

Nor did he ever mention the death of his constituent, 82-year-old Ursula Craddock, at the hands of a black man, or sign an EDM commemorating her.

Nor did he ever mention the death in his constituency of 22-year-old Keely Donovan, at the hands of her foreign boyfriend,or sign an EDM commemorating her.

Nor did he ever mention the murder by black men of his constituents, Derek Nolan and Mary Davis or sign EDMs commemorating them.

In fact, Cohen has never signed an EDM commemorating any of the many indigenous Britons murdered by first and second-generation immigrants, since New Labour came to power.

Cohen never ever mentioned any of the many British women and girls who were raped by first and second-generation immigrants in his constituency either. In fact, as far as I'm aware, he never mentioned anyone raped by a first or second-generation immigrant in this country since he became an MP. Most specifically, this London MP never bothered to inform his London constituents of the information conained in an Evening Standard article of 14 January 2004, which said:

"A hard core of violent muggers is behind a surge in gang rapes in London... There has been one group sex attack for every day of the last year. Two thirds of the suspects had convictions for theft and robbery and half had been involved in street crime in the last 12 months. The study found a disproportionately high number of black and Asian men were involved in the attacks. Around 49 per cent of suspects were described as Afro-Caribbean and 13 per cent as Indian or Pakistani... White women accounted for 59 per cent of the victims."
In 1994, during yet another Commons debate, which had been contrived to facilitate the passage of even more race relations legislation into law, Harry Cohen said this:

"In 1985, I introduced the Racial Harassment Bill under the ten-minute rule. It was the first Bill presented to Parliament to make racial attack a criminal offence...

The state, especially, must make its anti-racist position absolutely clear in the law… One other reason for such a law is the rise of the British National Party… It is a threat to democracy and I would not be opposed to banning it. Neo-Nazi organisations have been banned in Germany, for example.

If the Government say that there would be civil liberties problems in banning the BNP, they need to make its activities illegal… That is why a new law is so important… racial attacks in this country or the holocaust of Nazi Germany, racism equals death.

It is in multicultural, multiracial societies where people live together that one has harmony; those societies equal life. We need a law ; we need the state to come out firmly to say that racism will not be tolerated."
Apart from his desire to have an organisation banned which is entirely legal, above board, does not commit mass murder on London buses or within the Underground system, has never marched unhindered through the streets of England waving placards calling the faithful to murder and behead and, in its ethnic composition, happens to be entirely British, Cohen preposterously asserts that 'in multicultural, multiracial societies where people live together that one has harmony'.

Now strange as it may seem, MPs generally make a concerted effort not to lie. Instead they will do their damnedest not to give a precise answer to the trickier questions. They will give a partial response, they will answer a different question to the one posed, they will plead ignorance, the need for secrecy and they will suggest, imply and insinuate that things are very different to the way they really are without being categoric or specific. In Tony Blair’s time, this behaviour has come to be known as spin.

Cohen, however, was, obviously, so bound up in his vision of a multicultural Utopia that his enthusiasm for the subject would appear to have affected that part of his brain that governs the spinning mechanism.

The facts are these: in all history, whenever unassimilable immigration has occurred tension and chaos have resulted. No indigenous population has ever wanted to be colonised by another, let alone many others as the British have been. Human beings, along with the rest of the animal kingdom, want to live amongst their own kind, with those whose behaviour they recognise and understand, they don’t wish to live alongside those they do not know or care for. That is an absolute lesson of history.

Harry Cohen was not 'spinning' on that day in 1994, he was telling a flat, nonsensical and wholly proveable lie.

In an article in The Guardian, published in late 1994, Mike Bennett, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, complained of 'a growing feeling in the police force that white, heterosexual officers are an endangered species'.

On 5 February 1996, Cohen responded tartly to Mike Bennett's comment in the House of Commons, saying:

"Such attitudes need to be tackled."
Between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 2003 there were 1801 deaths in police and prison custody.

182 of these unfortunate folk were black. As has already been shown, Cohen mentioned many of these in parliament. However, he accorded the same respect to no more than a couple of the 1600 or so white, British people who died similarly and he only ever signed one EDM commemorating any of them.

Wake up, England.

Cohen also features in the article Pornography, revolution and the spend-it boy.

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